[Athen] Call for book chapters: Assistive Technologies, Disability Informatics and Computer Access for Motor Limitations

Georgios Kouroupetroglou koupe at di.uoa.gr
Fri Apr 6 21:17:45 PDT 2012


Book title: *Assistive Technologies, Disability Informatics and Computer
Access for Motor Limitations
Editor:*Georgios Kouroupetroglou,* Department of Informatics, University
of Athens

*Call for Chapters*: Proposals Submission Deadline: *April 30, 2012*

*Introduction *
Over the last few decades, members of industry, academia, and various
professional disciplines, including rehabilitation sciences,
occupational therapy, computer engineering (mainly developers of
human-computer interfaces, Web designers and Web content providers),
ergonomics, and teaching (especially inclusive and special education)
have expressed increasingly strong interest in assistive technology for
the disabled.

The main forces that boost this interest come from: a) legislation and
policy frameworks which support the disabled and their societal
inclusion and participation and b) the demographics of an increasing
aging population, given that the number of the disabled rises
drastically for those over 65 years old (50% of those over 75 experience
some loss of motor capability).

The number of persons with motor disabilities is not inconsiderable. For
example, studies in Europe show that 0.4% of the general population uses
wheel chairs, 5% cannot walk without an aid, 0.3% cannot use their
fingers, 0.1% cannot use an arm, 2.8% have reduced strength, and 1.4%
have reduced co-ordination. Moreover, 0.3% of the general population is
speech impaired due mainly to motor limitations. These disabilities
range from mild and moderate up to severe loss of capability. Some
individuals have multiple disabilities.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) tends to address motor
limitations with one of two approaches: 1) to provide smart Assistive
Technologies for improving life at home, leisure, work and school, and
2) to attempt not to exclude persons with disabilities from the
Information Society (i.e. to provide accessibility to Web content and
Internet services). ICT achieves these objectives with international
accessibility standards and by adopting Design for All or Universal
Design methodologies. Universal design in particular plays a significant
role in reducing of the cost of the Assistive Technologies. Recent and
emerging ICT technological approaches target all kinds of motor
limitations, including the situation-based (occasional or transient loss
of motor functionality), and are applied to the whole spectrum of user
devices (including personal computers, notebooks, mobile phones).

*Objective of the Book*: This book will focus on computer-based
Assistive Technology and accessibility for individuals with motor
limitations. Chapters will discuss the development of mature and smart
computer-based assistive technologies and improved access for persons
with motor limitations by:
• addressing unfolding scientific, methodological, and technological
• exploring how to systematically apply design principles,
methodologies and tools
• explaining diversity in technological platforms and contexts of
use, including trends in mobile interaction and ambient intelligence
• analyzing novel interaction methods and techniques for computer
access for individuals with motor limitations, and
• discussing a variety of applications in diverse domains.

The book will reflect recent developments, consolidate present
knowledge, and point towards future perspectives on assistive technology
and computer access for motor limitations. As a source of information
for interdisciplinary and cross-thematic study, the book will provide a
baseline for further in-depth studies, and serve as an important
educational tool in an increasingly globalized research and development

*Target Audience: *The book targets readers from industry, academia and
a variety of professions, including advanced students, researchers,
system designers and developers, professionals and practitioners in
rehabilitation engineering, computer science and engineering (mainly
developers of human-computer interfaces, Web designers and Web content
providers), occupational therapy, ergonomics, teaching and special
education, clinical engineering, and health care. This book might be
utilized as a reference in the field, an upper-level course supplement,
a resource for instructors, etc.

*Recommended topics*: Recommended topics include, but are not limited to
the following:
• Assistive Technology and Computer Access, an introduction
• Requirements’ Analysis of persons with motor limitations
• Switches, Scanning Techniques and Word Prediction methodologies for
Computer Access
• Virtual and alternative keyboards
• Mouse emulation techniques and devices
• Haptic/Gesture based human-computer interaction
• Head/Eye tracking and gaze human-computer interaction
• Voice-based human-computer interaction
• Assistive Robotics for motor limitations
• Brain-wave human-computer interaction
• Computer Access options of operating systems
• Open Source Assistive Technology software for motor limitations
• Web Accessibility for persons with motor limitations
• Augmentative and Alternative Communication applications for the
motor disabled
• Ambient Assistive Living for the motor disabled
• Evaluation Methodologies of computer input devices

*Submission Procedure: *Researchers and practitioners are invited to
submit on or before April 30, 2012, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly
explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter.
Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by August 10, 2012 about
the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters
are expected to be submitted by November 30, 2012. All submitted
chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors
may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

*Publisher*: This book is scheduled to be published in 2013 by IGI
Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science
Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science
Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science
Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher,
please visit www.igi-global.com.

*Important Dates*

April 30, 2012: Proposal Submission Deadline
August 10, 2012: Notification of Acceptance
November 30, 2012: Full Chapter Submission
January 15, 2013: Review Results Returned
March 15, 2013: Final Chapter Submission
April 10, 2013: Final Deadline

*Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word
document) to*: Professor Georgios Kouroupetroglou, Email: koupe at di.uoa.gr

*More Information*:






Γεώργιος Κουρουπέτρογλου

*University of Athens*
Department of Informatics and Telecommunications,
Panepistimiopolis, Ilisia,
GR-15784, Athens, Greece

tel.: +30 2107275305
fax: +30 2106018677

koupe at di.uoa.gr <mailto:koupe at di.uoa.gr>


***Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών*
Τμήμα Πληροφορικής και Τηλεπικοινωνιών,
Πανεπιστημιόπολη, Ιλίσια,

15784 Αθήνα

τηλ.: 2107275305
fax: 2106018677

koupe at di.uoa.gr <mailto:koupe at di.uoa.gr>

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